Stopgap Dance Company create exhilarating dance productions with exceptional disabled and non-disabled dancers. We are an established organisation with over 10 years of experience in national and international touring.
Alongside our performances we also run training and education projects to promote social integration between disabled and non-disabled people. In the past we have run these projects within Western Europe and further afield in countries such as Albania, Cambodia and Romania.
Last year Stopgap began a conversation with MILI (Myanmar Independent Living Initiative), a local Non-Goverment Organisation that advocates for social inclusion of disabled people in Myanmar. MILI has invited Stopgap to work with some disabled members of the local community over five days in November 2015 and create a short dance piece. The piece will be performed at the annual disability arts festival that MILI organises as part of their programme.
Dance is a powerful form of non-verbal communication and demonstrates a strong message of equal opportunities. By sending two Stopgap dance artists to Myanmar we will create an outstanding dance piece with members of MILI and help them show that 'disability' is something enforced by society.
One of the artists that Stopgap will send to Myanmar is Nadenh, his life story makes this project even more compelling. Nadenh is a disabled dancer who Stopgap taught during a similar project in Cambodia in 2011. He demonstrated exceptional skill and Stopgap have since gained permission to bring him to UK to nurture his talent in our studios. Nadenh's life story proves that disabled people can thrive if barriers to their engagement are removed. As well as choreographing on MILI, Nadenh will perform his solo as part of our residency in Myanmar.
The British Council Myanmar has kindly agreed to contribute funds to cover the artists' fees and local expenses. We are crowdfunding to raise the remaining £1720 of the project costs which will cover: flights to Myanmar, visa applications and vaccinations for our staff.
Any funds raised above the target will be reinvested into our future projects with MILI.
Please help us make a difference in Myanmar. Thank you!